National Constitution Center Online Classes

Upcoming Constitution Center Sessions

The National Constitution Center (where my Constitution mug is from) is offering online sessions that start at 9 AM Alaska time. That's during my prep hour. If you are interested in attending one of their sessions, let me know and I can register for it. If you have 4th hour off, you're welcome to attend in my classroom. This may be a great opportunity to study for the AP US Government & Politics exam (coming soon!).

These sessions are called Scholar Exchanges and there is a full schedule of upcoming events on their website. Take a look!


National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine

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If you are a sophomore or junior interested in pursuing a career in the field of medicine, please let me know. I have a nomination forum for students interested in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine program that I can nominate students for by February 19th. It does cost money, and details about the program are available here:

This is done through a education travel company called WorldStrides; I've never really worked with them but I have nominated students to their program that did end up going and learned a lot.

Election Predictions

For today's activity, my senior government classes are analyzing the electoral map, polling data from, and news articles from a variety of news sources to predict the outcome of the election. I thought it would be fun to post the results of their predictions here. Students divided up into groups to decide which direction each of the battleground states would go, and then reported back to the class. The class then voted to accept or reject their assessment. After each battleground state was decided on the map, all students were given the chance to challenge any state on the map, including the ones that had already been decided, by adding more information to their assessment.

Note: Students also have the opportunity to make their own map and submit their predictions. If they are accurate to each state when those results are certified, they will gain extra credit!

Period 3 Prediction Results

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Period 7 Prediction Results

This class managed to create a tie, and was unable to break it, so we discussed what happens in the incredibly unlikely chance that occurs.

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NYC in the 1930s

Here's another fantastic video journey through the past. This film comes from the 1930s, and large amounts of it are in color. You can see street scenes, architecture, firefighters and police preparing for their shifts, even some great footage aboard the Queen Mary, a British ocean liner. Look at all these old cars!